Category Archives: Trajectory Analysis

The Most Important Common Core Reading Standard

[The following post originally appeared in slightly different form on MiddleWeb on Oct. 6, 2015.] I know we’re probably not supposed to have favorites when it comes to the Common Core Standards, but I do. I fell in love with … Continue reading

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Professional Development Ideas to Support Literacy Instruction

This has been a particularly challenging year in our field. As teachers and school leaders continue to wrestle with how best to prepare students to meet and exceed the Common Core Standards, I would like to humbly submit some professional … Continue reading

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UPCOMING PRESENTATION: “Our Students Are Struggling: Now What?”

I am pleased to report that I will present a workshop on “Our Students Are Struggling: Now What?” at the NJ Charter Schools Annual Conference on March 30, 2015 at Bally’s in Atlantic City. For registration details, click here. Many … Continue reading

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PARCC Prep: How to Unpack Reading Assessment Results

Many schools use interim assessments to track student progress and adjust instruction accordingly. This post offers a process for making sense of the results. Identify any standards where students scored below 65%. Use the RIT/RL Trajectory Analysis Chart(s) on TLC … Continue reading

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Common Core Standards for Language: FREE GRAMMAR DIAGNOSTIC TOOL!

Many of my clients these days are writing/revising curriculum, and it occurred to me that they could use a Grammar Diagnostic Tool. It would be nice if all of our students arrived performing at grade-level when it comes to grammar, … Continue reading

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APPROACHES TO THE COMMON CORE: How to Teach Reading Literature Standard #3

Here’s CCSS Reading Anchor Standard #3: Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text. The Trajectory Analysis Chart for this standard when Reading Literature looks like this:   STANDARD RL K.3 … Continue reading

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APPROACHES TO THE COMMON CORE: How to Teach RIT Standard #1 in Elementary School

Recently I met with some elementary teachers—in this case, 3rd-grade teachers—who discovered that their students could not meet Reading Information Text (RIT) Standard #1: “Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as … Continue reading

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Rebooted TLC “Standards” Page!

Every so often, it’s a good idea to comb through available Common Core resources and see what’s new.  Today, as a result, I updated the TLC “Standards” page to make it more user-friendly and comprehensive. Here are a few updates: … Continue reading

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Common Core Resources on the TLC Website: ALL ELA Trajectory Analysis Charts Are Now Available!!!

A while back, I explained how important it is to employ Trajectory Analysis Charts on the ELA Common Core Standards so that teachers and school leaders can see the progression of standards from grade to grade and use these tools … Continue reading

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MORE TRAJECTORY ANALYSIS CHARTS: Comparing RIT vs. RL Standards

If you haven’t spent much time studying the ELA Common Core Standards, you might consider them daunting (“There are so many!” I’ve heard people say).  But in fact there aren’t that many, and they are logically—even elegantly—organized.  For instance, if … Continue reading

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